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Adolf M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3725) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Dieter Hegel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3725

Videotape testimony of Adolf M., who was born in Berlin in 1921 to a Jewish father and a Christian mother who had converted to Judaism. He recalls cordial relations with both his parents' families; minimal religious observances at home; his bar mitzvah; anti-Jewish harassment of his father's business; his father's reluctance to emigrate (he had served in World War I) despite his mother's desire to leave; apprenticeship to a textile merchant in 1935; his father's death in 1936; easing of restrictions during the Olympics; his sister's emigration to England in 1939; military draft, then rejection as a Jew in 1940; forced labor; his sympathetic supervisor; arrest in 1943; being freed due to a demonstration of non-Jewish women for their Jewish spouses and children, including his mother; deportation of his father's family (only one returned) and one uncle's suicide; hiding with his girlfriend's family (they were Communists) from late 1944 until liberation in April 1945; and locating his sister with Red Cross assistance. Mr. M. discusses his mother's crucial role in his survival; beatings during forced labor; working with POWs; and not sharing his experiences, except with his children. He shows photographs, documents, and objects.

Author/Creator
M., Adolf, 1921-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
June 20, 1996.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adolf M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3725). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298817
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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